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Internationale Stages Naar ECVET Maatstaven Ingericht Vervolgtraject
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Jun 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This application builds upon previously consolidated IVT mobility projects, the implementation of ECVET for mobility as initiated and tested in the “IMPAECT” Transfer of Innovation project and the “EAGLE” Development of Innovation project in which Gilde Opleidingen participated or is currently paricipating. The project aims both at embedding ECVET standards for learner mobility and realizing an infrastructure for staff mobility with a corresponding increase of professionalism within the framework of a structured, experience-driven approach to ECVET implementation with, in the process, identifying and setting the (pre)conditions and quality measures that are fundamental for testing, transfer of practical experience, best practices and expertise, peer learning, specific quality assurance and, ultimately, full implementation. In the preceding mobility and transversal projects Gilde Opleidingen have already passed through an initial or preparatory embedding process with regard to learner mobility in an ECVET setting, resulting in a level of embedding defined in the institutional, international policy. Particularly the participation in “IMPAECT” (a Leonardo TOI project, for more details see e.g. ADAM database), with its focus on implementing ECVET at EQF levels 3-5 on agreed quality levels and making best use of ECVET’s technical principles and approach, has produced a strong impulse and induced an important developmental stage for ECVET-“proof” learner mobility at Gilde Opleidingen with a corresponding institutional quality assurance framework for mobility. Consequently, the major outcomes of “IMPAECT” (acquisition, exploitation, sharing and dissemination of expertise, synergy and peer learning effects and first and foremost practicable innovation for effective implementation) were offered as input and model to the educational sectors for application in practice or field-testing, set alongside prevailing standards for mobility and the institution’s quality culture(s). Based upon the cooperation of all sectors of education in accordance with the embedded organisational model, infrastructure and for instance procedures, the underlying idea and objectives of ECVET learner mobility, evidently, also hold in this application. In addition, the interim outomes of the “EAGLE” DOI project, in which Gilde Opleidingen is participating, are another source of input and additional expertise for this new mobility project with regard to the implementation of the instruments EQF, ECVET and ECTS. This project, with mobility envisaged both for learners and staff, will specifically address assessment, validation and recognition issues, including formal matters, rules and regulations, infrastructural issues, continuitiy and cost-effectiveness. The common denominator being quality assurance, the quality standards and measures, fundamental for ECVET implementation on the necessary (pre)conditions, and aspects like procedures, methodology, best use of documentation/demonstration of Knowledge, Skills and Competences (Learning Outcomes achieved) and the expertise or training of assessors will be screened or monitored in current practices and compared to well-established good practices and for subsequent fine-tuning and improvement. Full cooperation by all sectors of education and ECVET-oriented quality audits are to safeguard an integrated, institutional quality assurance framework, a continuing acquisition of expertise and building of an infrastructure for a wider implementation of ECVET. Operationalisation is entrusted with the internal International Platform. Designated working groups for internationalisation, contact persons and the sectoral offices for work placements and apprenticeships are in charge of the actual preparation, guidance and support of the students and actors involved. The host companies or institutions, some of which have been pre-selected or “earmarked” on the basis of mutual trust, past performance, their participation in the “IMPAECT” and/or “EAGLE” projects or established good practice and expertise demonstrated in innovative or ECVET pilot projects, will closely be involved in further developing or refining procedural regulations and arrangements and quality measures e.g. concerning assessment and validation. This new project is also meant to be exemplary in the context of the developing, national ECVET Community of Practice. Peer learning, sharing or exchanging experience and expertise,utilizing common resources, building partnerships, cooperation formats, cost-effectiveness, guidance and monitoring, quality measures are all integral features in this project that can be transferred to the national implementation level, establishing standards and necessary conditions for ECVET implementation taking into account potential areas for improvement.
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